Thursday, October 24, 2013

Frankenstein (2004)

Director: Marcus Nispel

Writers: Dean R. Koontz, John Shiban

Composer: Normand Corbeil

Starring: Parker Posey, Vincent Perez, Thomas Kretschmann, Adam Goldberg, Ivana Milicevic, Michael Madsen, Deborah Duke, Ann Mahoney, Deneen Tyler, Brett Rice, Stocker Fontelieu

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Someone new is playing God.

Plot: Two hundred years after Mary Shelley's novel the brilliant but mad Doctor has sustained his creature and himself over two centuries through genetic experimentation. In present-day America Detective O'Connor is investigating a series of horrific murders which leads her to the doctor and his creature. What she uncovers reveals the strange evolution the doctor and his creation undergo over the course of two centuries and the divergent paths creator and monster take in pursuing good or evil.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

After watching this it's easy to understand that this was a TV movie designed to kick start a TV series.  It ends like a serialized show would.  The acting is all over the place.  Posey tries too hard.  The scene where she and her detective partner, Det. Sloane (wonderfully played, btw, by Adam Goldberg), are at the trunk of their car preparing to enter a building with the bad guy is so over the top I couldn't help but laugh hysterically.  She's really over reaching at times.  The dialogue is often trite, especially when it comes to the original creature, Deucalion (Perez).  The stuff he says and the way he says them is just bad.  Perez is going for that mysterious, quiet, intense, low breathy speaking voice and it's ridiculous.  Madsen, as usual, was lots of fun.  You can play a drinking game and take a shot every time he furrows his brow.  I like the New Orleans location shooting.  The lighting, music and set design is clearly inspired by SEVEN (1995) to the point of emulation.  I can see why this didn't make it any further than this telefilm.  You Frankenstein fans are going to need to see this but lower your expectation and pour yourself a drink.

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